I did a lot of research before ordering this clear Ahab. The people who don't like it really don't like it, but the people who love it LOVE IT. I had to give it a shot.
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First thing to say: It doesn't smell at all. I expected it to be awful, but there's nothing to it. Maybe I got lucky.
Second thing to say: I love how tightly everything screws together, especially the cap. I have no fears about this leaking while capped.
Third, it didn't take too much setting up. I took it apart and flushed with dish soap and water. The nib is in there tight - I couldn't take it out, though I think I may have misaligned the feed a bit with my fiddling because my first ink test (Vanness FPD 2019 orange) kept drying out. I flushed it out and let it sit overnight to dry and then did my best to align the feed again. Inked it up with KWZ Standard Grapefruit, which is what you see in the photo, and it works wonderfully. I am still getting the hang of the flex nib, but it writes very nicely as a Fine/Medium without pressure. (I'll put the Vannness orange back in there when I finish this Grapefruit sample, and I'll bet it'll work perfectly now.)
Noodler's pens are very collectible. I will definitely consider buying more. view less
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Supplying analog writing instruments and accessories since 1938. Third generation family-owned store based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike was trained by his grandfather, dad, and uncle to continue the family business of all things pens, inks, and paper.